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Jessica Cabeen

Middle School Principal

Jessica Cabeen is the principal at Ellis Middle School in Austin, Minnesota. Prior to that job, she was the principal at the “Happiest Place in Southeastern Minnesota,” the Woodson Kindergarten Center. She has been an assistant middle school principal, a special education supervisor, and a special education teacher.

Jessica was awarded the NAESP/VINCI Digital Leader of Early Learning Award in 2016 and in 2017 was named the Minnesota National Distinguished Principal. Jessica is the author of Hacking Early Learning and coauthor of Balance Like a Pirate. When she’s not working, she’s with her husband, Rob, sons Kenny and Isaiah, and, of course, the family dog, Rigby.

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